2008 Association for Medical Education in Europe Conference

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The 2008 Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) conference was held August 30 – September 3 in Prague, Czech Republic. Approximately 2,100 participants from more than 70 countries attended this international conference. The program consisted of a variety of session formats, including workshops, specialized courses, short communications, and posters. The beautiful city of Prague provided an engaging setting for this well-regarded conference on international medical education issues and research.

FAIMER staff participated as faculty in courses and presented FAIMER research in various sessions. John Norcini spoke on assessment as part of the large-session panel “Introduction to medical education.” Dr. Norcini also co-conducted two workshops; “Mini-CEX: implementation of a method for observation and feedback in postgraduate training” and “Medical education databases.” William Burdick participated as faculty in the Essential Skills in Medical Education (ESME) course, and presented a short communication entitled “Qualitative analysis of tools acquired in an international education leadership program.” John Boulet co-conducted the Fundamentals of Assessment in Medical Education (FAME) course, and co-presented the workshop “Setting defensible standards on performance-based exercises.” FAIMER-related research presentations included Danette McKinley’s poster “Medical school expansion in Europe” and Marta van Zanten’s short communication “Variability of accreditation processes throughout the world.”

Numerous FAIMER Fellows were also in attendance and many presented their projects and research to the international AMEE audience.

Following is a list of activities in which FAIMER staff (bold black font), FAIMER Fellows (bold blue font), and Fellows from the former IFME program (bold purple font) participated.


Essential Skills in Medical Education (ESME) Assessment Course: A course aimed at participants new to assessment who wish to gain a general understanding and basic skills in assessment
M. Brownell Anderson, Kathy Boursicot, William Burdick, Richard Fuller, Andrew Hassell, Brian Hodges, Stewart Mennin, Charlotte Ringsted, Trudie Roberts, Albert Scherpbier, Sydney Smee

Fundamentals of Assessment in Medical Education (FAME)
John (Jack) Boulet, Ph.D., Ann King, M.A., Dale Dauphinee, M.D., F.R.C.P.C., André F. DeChamplain, Ph.D., Tony LaDuca, Ph.D., Ingrid Philibert, Ph.D., Lesley Southgate D.B.E., D.Sc., F.R.C.S., F.R.C.G.P., David B. Swanson, Ph.D.

Pre-Conference Workshop

Mini-CEX: implementation of a method for observation and feedback in postgraduate training
John Norcini and C.R.M.G. Fluit


Medical education databases
M. Brownell Anderson, John J. Norcini

Setting defensible standards on performance-based exercises
Thomas Rebbecchi, John Boulet

Large Group Session

Introduction to medical education
Larry Gruppen, Yvonne Steinert, John Norcini, John Bligh

Short Communication

A community of practice for educators: journey’s start
J. Bezuidenhout, Gert Young

The effect of curriculum change in Ankara University School of Medicine on fifth year students’ empathy scores
Ipek Gonullu, Fulya Dokmeci

Teaching EBM skills at undergraduate level in a Pakistani Medical School
Mobeen Iqbal

Male and female students and graduate perceptions and experiences of the practice of Medicine: Preliminary findings from the United Arab Emirates and South Africa
Michelle McLean, Susan B. Higgins-Opitz, Jacqueline van Wyk, Kogie Moodley, Soornarain S. Naidoo

The impact of summative assessment of theory on how medical students learn
F. Cilliers, L. Schuwirth, H. Adendorff, E. Bitzer, N. Herman, C. van der Vleuten

The effect of including clinical structured assessement on a Brazilian residency selection exam
E. M. Amaral, A. M. B. Zeferino, S. M. R. R. Passeri, M. A. Ribeiro-Alves, J. B. C. Carvalheira

Adapting a US university e-learning system for an Indian medical school: team building through student ambassadors
Anand Zachariah, P. Manuel Raj, Susan Albright, William Grandin, Alok Anand, Harris Berman, Mary Y. Lee

Qualitative analysis of tools acquired in an international education leadership program
William Burdick, Debby Diserens, Summers Kalishman, Stewart Mennin, Maryann Eklund, Page Morahan

Addressing concerns of migrating physicians: a web-based network
Gerald Whelan, Danette McKinley, Marta van Zanten, Amy Opalek

Variability of accreditation processes throughout the world
Marta van Zanten, John R. Boulet, Frank Simon

Improving OSCE examiner skills and behaviour in a Malaysian medical school
C. P. L. Tan, P. Rokiah, F. A. A. Yang, V. Anusya

Facilitating student learning on ward rounds
Vanessa C. Burch, Linda de Villiers

Predicting student performance in the first year of a medical curriculum using neural network analysis
Ben van Heerden, Chris Aldrich, Alten du Plessis, Gorden Jemwa, Rita de Jager, Alwyn Louw


Student perspectives of assessment by TEMM model in physiology
Reem Rachel Abraham, Subramanya Upadhya, Sharmila Torke, K. Ramnarayan

Objective structured portfolio assessment for Personal and Professional Development (PPD) Course at Ankara University School of Medicine
Fulya Dokmeci, Meral Demiroren, Mehmet Ozen, Ipek Gonullu, Aysen M. A. Kosan, M. Fevzi Atacanli, Harun Balcioglu

Medical school expansion in Europe
Danette McKinley, Carole Bede, Amy Opalek, Onyebuchi A. Arah, John Boulet

The Medical Instructional Questionnaire used in the quality of South African medical education
M. I. W. van Huyssteen, J. J. Blitz (presented by David Cameron)

A project on computer-based case simulation for clinical years of medical education
Yucel Gursel, Berna Musal, Cahit Taskiran, Oya Itil, Oguz Kilinc, Murat Yazicioglu, Hakan Abacioglu

Perception of physicians and medical students on common ethical dilemmas in a Pakistani Medical Institute
Bushra Khizar, Mobeen Iqbal

Introducing personal and professional development to undergraduate education: an experience from Ankara University School of Medicine
Fulya Dokmeci, Meral Demiroren, Mehmet Ozen, Ipek Gonullu, Aysen M. A. Kosan, M. Fevzi Atacanli, Harun Balcioglu

Preparatory course of PBL in a medical school
Jing-Jane Tsai, Tsuen-Chiuan Tsai, Chyi-Her Lin

Academic staff’s action learning for curriculum improvement
J. J. Blitz, D. A. Cameron, J. F. M. Hugo, M. van Rooyen, L. Wolvaardt

Evaluation of the competencies incorporation in our outcomes oriented curriculum
Valentin Muntean

Performance-based assessment of third year medical students in Dokuz Eylul University School of Medicine (DEUSM)
Berna Musal, Cahit Taskiran, Sema Ozan, Yucel Gursel, Sevgi Timbil, Serpil Velipasaoglu

Ethics at home visit in the Family Health Program at Marilia Medical School: families’ point of view
Daniel Grossi Marconi, Paulo Marcondes Carvalho Junior, Paula Marquez Guimarães, Maria Yvette de Aguiar Dutra Moravcik

Assessment of clinical work in student internship rotations: what’s going on?
G. E. Pickworth, M. van Rooyen, T. J. Avenant

The DREEM in Zambia
Julie Schurgers, Lastina Lwatula

(posted October 31, 2008; updated December 19, 2008)